EarthArXiv announces new partnership with California Digital Library to host earth sciences preprint service – Office of Scholarly Communication

“The Advisory Council of the EarthArXiv preprint service for earth sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with the California Digital Library (CDL) that will support EarthArXiv’s mission, future growth, and long-term sustainability. Core to this partnership will be the transition of EarthArXiv’s preprints server – including public display and submission management – from the Center for Open Science to the eScholarship Publishing program at the CDL.

CDL will host EarthArXiv using Janeway, an open source publishing platform developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing and the Open Library of Humanities at Birkbeck University of London. EarthArXiv’s Advisory Council will maintain ownership and control over the preprint server, while the eScholarship Publishing team will contribute to the development, support, and maintenance of the Janeway platform.

Since its founding, EarthArXiv has partnered with the Center for Open Science to host its content online. Recently, however, financial considerations made it necessary for the Advisory Council to explore alternative hosting partners. “After several organizations stepped up to offer new partnerships (for which EarthArXiv will always be grateful), the Advisory Council voted unanimously to partner with the team at the California Digital Library,” said Bruce Caron, one of the founders of EarthArXiv….”

HathiTrust: A Digital Library Revolution Takes Flight

“The phrase “closed until further notice due to COVID-19” has become all too familiar. And, while we have started to grow accustomed to losing access to many resources that typically define our community existence, there’s one that’s particularly crucial to student and faculty researchers: libraries. For some, it may be easy to write off libraries as “nice-to-have.” But for scholars, they are essential. And as library doors began to shutter throughout California and much of the world, the potential impact on the academic community was profound.

Thankfully, the University of California has been preparing for this moment for decades. In 2008, the UC Libraries co-founded HathiTrust, and started contributing scanned copies of books and journals to the new organization. Based at the University of Michigan (U-M), HathiTrust is a large-scale repository of digital content collaboratively created by academic and research institutions. As researchers lost access to vital hard-copy materials, it initiated an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) to give UC researchers critical access to more than 13 million digital volumes. This revolution has been immediately impactful — and a profound advancement in sharing digital content….”

Encouraging Adherence to Values and Principles in Scholarly Publishing | Educopia Institute

“Through the Next Generation Library Publishing project (2019-2022), Educopia Institute, California Digital Library, and Stratos, in close collaboration with COAR, LYRASIS, and Longleaf Services, seek to improve the publishing pathways and choices available to authors, editors, and readers through strengthening, integrating, and scaling up scholarly publishing infrastructures to support library publishers. In addition to building publishing tools and workflows, our team is exploring how to create community hosting models that align explicitly and demonstratively with academic values. …”

Next Generation Library Publishing | Educopia Institute

“In this project, Educopia, California Digital Library (CDL), and Strategies for Open Science (Stratos), in close partnership with LYRASIS, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and Longleaf Services are working to advance and integrate open source publishing infrastructure to provide robust support for library publishing. Our project goals include:

Creating a more balanced, effective academic publishing ecosystem that aligns with academic values and increases choice, opportunity, and innovation via compelling library publishing solutions;
Developing tools and standards that allow better integration of campus repository systems and publishing workflows across the lifecycle of scholarly research;
Establishing sustainable, community-governed, open solutions that rival best-of-breed commercial tools and advance scholarly communication in important ways….”

National Emergency Library Online Books For Free | HYPEBEAST

“In these difficult times, the Internet Archive is doing its part during the coronavirus pandemic by canceling its waitlists and launching a National Emergency Library to support those who cannot access local libraries due to closures or self-quarantine. The online database grants free access to over 1.4 million books. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, the options seem endless. The books are available to anyone with Internet connection….”

 

CDL Open Access Appointments: Welcome Ellen Finnie and Tran Ha! – California Digital Library

“It is our great pleasure to announce that Ellen Finnie will be joining CDL as Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager. In this role, Ellen will be responsible for initiating, developing, and coordinating the implementation and assessment of open access publisher agreements across a broad spectrum of publishing partners in support of UC’s transformative open access initiatives, expanding our capacity to enter into such agreements and ensuring that these agreements are effectively designed, managed, and integrated into library and publisher workflows.  

Ellen is well-known throughout the library and publisher community for her leadership in scholarly communication and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role.   At MIT, Ellen led open access, licensing, authors’ rights, and scholarly communication transformation efforts, including open access policy development and implementation and creating a licensing program focused on leveraging contracts to enable more open and equitable access to the scholarly publishing ecosystem.  Ellen led negotiations under MIT’s open science principles as manifest in the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, and spearheaded groundbreaking open access agreements with the Royal Society of Chemistry and ACM (the latter in collaboration with UC, Carnegie Mellon and Iowa State University).  We are thrilled that Ellen has chosen to contribute her passion, energy, and considerable talents to further the cause of open access transformation at the University of California.

Ellen will assume her position at CDL effective March 23rd and will work out of her home base in the Greater Boston area. 

We are also extremely pleased to announce that Tran Ha has accepted a position as Open Access Data Analyst at the CDL effective March 16th.  In her role as data analyst, Tran will support a growing publishing analytics program to underpin UC’s transformative open access publisher initiatives, including an expanded capacity to share our analytical methodologies and offer consulting support to other institutions engaged in similar efforts.  The position will also support analytic work for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and we are grateful to them for providing collaborative funding for this new position.

Tran comes to us from UC Berkeley, where she was a senior business systems analyst in the Central Evaluation Unit, working to develop and maintain a multitude of reports relating to undergraduate progress towards degree completion.  Prior to her work in the CEU, Tran was integral to the implementation of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions on Berkeley’s campus, supporting data conversion from legacy systems and cleaning up transfer credit data.  Tran brings with her a remarkable capacity for tackling complex projects, a strong facility for communicating technical and data-related concepts to audiences of various levels of expertise and understanding, and a deep interest in data analysis and visualization….”

CDL Open Access Appointments: Welcome Ellen Finnie and Tran Ha! – California Digital Library

“It is our great pleasure to announce that Ellen Finnie will be joining CDL as Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager. In this role, Ellen will be responsible for initiating, developing, and coordinating the implementation and assessment of open access publisher agreements across a broad spectrum of publishing partners in support of UC’s transformative open access initiatives, expanding our capacity to enter into such agreements and ensuring that these agreements are effectively designed, managed, and integrated into library and publisher workflows.  

Ellen is well-known throughout the library and publisher community for her leadership in scholarly communication and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role.   At MIT, Ellen led open access, licensing, authors’ rights, and scholarly communication transformation efforts, including open access policy development and implementation and creating a licensing program focused on leveraging contracts to enable more open and equitable access to the scholarly publishing ecosystem.  Ellen led negotiations under MIT’s open science principles as manifest in the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, and spearheaded groundbreaking open access agreements with the Royal Society of Chemistry and ACM (the latter in collaboration with UC, Carnegie Mellon and Iowa State University).  We are thrilled that Ellen has chosen to contribute her passion, energy, and considerable talents to further the cause of open access transformation at the University of California.

Ellen will assume her position at CDL effective March 23rd and will work out of her home base in the Greater Boston area. 

We are also extremely pleased to announce that Tran Ha has accepted a position as Open Access Data Analyst at the CDL effective March 16th.  In her role as data analyst, Tran will support a growing publishing analytics program to underpin UC’s transformative open access publisher initiatives, including an expanded capacity to share our analytical methodologies and offer consulting support to other institutions engaged in similar efforts.  The position will also support analytic work for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and we are grateful to them for providing collaborative funding for this new position.

Tran comes to us from UC Berkeley, where she was a senior business systems analyst in the Central Evaluation Unit, working to develop and maintain a multitude of reports relating to undergraduate progress towards degree completion.  Prior to her work in the CEU, Tran was integral to the implementation of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions on Berkeley’s campus, supporting data conversion from legacy systems and cleaning up transfer credit data.  Tran brings with her a remarkable capacity for tackling complex projects, a strong facility for communicating technical and data-related concepts to audiences of various levels of expertise and understanding, and a deep interest in data analysis and visualization….”

PLOS Joins Other Publishers and Societies in Support of the Proposed White House Policy Regarding Federally Funded Research

Note: PLOS and other prominent organizations delivered the following letter to the Trump Administration on January 17, 2020. We encourage all publishing organizations and scholarly societies who would like to join us in support of OA in the USA to reach out to us at community@plos.org — we can prepare an expanded letter with more signatories as necessary. Please also consider voicing your support on social media with the hashtag #OAintheUSA.

Publishing Systems Developer

“The California Digital Library (CDL) is a collaborative effort of the ten campuses of the University of California. As a UC systemwide library, CDL provides services to and on behalf of the UC system in partnership with the UC campus libraries. As a globally-connected digital library, CDL occupies a unique position between the local UC campuses and the global digital library infrastructure. The primary user base for CDL services and programs includes UC faculty, students, and library staff. The CDL is a unit within the UC Office of the President, has a staff of 70+ and is located in downtown Oakland.

The CDL’s Publishing & Special Collections group develops and maintains production services that enable robust access to unique digital assets from the University of California (UC) and beyond. Through the development of advanced technologies and creative partnerships, we provide the UC scholarly community with innovative open access publication and distribution opportunities and aggregate world-class digital collections from libraries, archives, and museums throughout the State of California, serving an array of end users including researchers, scholars, students, and the general public.

Reporting to the senior Product Manager, Publishing, the Publishing Systems Developer will work collaboratively with senior developers as well as product and service managers to build and maintain innovative open access (and mostly open source) scholarly publishing infrastructure. Key among these platforms are eScholarship (UC’s open access publishing and institutional repository platform) and integrated submission management systems used by researchers and editors to produce and publish original academic journals and to make previously published works available to the world. The incumbent will contribute to all of these platforms and projects by developing new features, responding to bug reports, and managing regular maintenance. This position will also work collaboratively on new iterations of existing platforms, as well as evaluation and implementation of new open source solutions. The Publishing Systems Developer will also have ample opportunity to build connections between platforms and to participate in both intra- and cross-team pair programming projects.

CDL welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from individuals from underrepresented groups. CDL seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University of California, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.  …”

Next Generation Library Publishing partnership awarded $2.2M from Arcadia to improve scholarly publishing infrastructures | Educopia Institute

“Educopia Institute is pleased to announce an award in the amount of $2,200,000 from Arcadia—a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin—in support of the “Next Generation Library Publishing” project. 

Through this project, Educopia and its partner institutions—California Digital Library (CDL), Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), Longleaf Services, LYRASIS, and Strategies for Open Science (Stratos)—will provide new publishing pathways for authors, editors, and readers by advancing and integrating open source publishing infrastructure to provide robust support for library publishing. …”